Trevor Dahl, better known these days as Plug In Stereo, is one of this Spring’s freshest voices in Pop music, his melodies prove to be as pleasant as spring itself. Already Dahl has worked with some classy music vets like Christopher Drew of Never Shout Never and Cady Groves who is featured on, “Oh Darling”, the lead single off of his Patience EP. Though the message of his music is universal it’s the clarity of his tone and the tangible emotion behind the harmonies that distinguish him artistically.
I learned Trevor’s personality is every bit as engaging and open as his music implies when I sat down to chat with him last week. He admitted at the outset of our conversation that he never imagined himself as a career musician, and instead focused on athletics. But sibling rivalry sparked a flame that ignited passion, “In sixth grade my dad taught my brother how to play guitar.” Trevor explained, “And I got really jealous and wanted to be better than him. So I picked it up and played it. And as soon as I picked it up I never put it down.”
Trevor’s most recent release, The Patience EP, reflects that unadulterated passion and admittedly the singer/songwriter types he was drawn to early on, “The last few years I’ve been really into like John Mayer and Bob Marley and Taylor Swift.” But of late his preferences have evolved, “Lately my favorite band is The Shins and Freelance Whales. Just the more organic and real sounding stuff and not such produced poppy stuff.” And that raw energy and emotion is spilling over into the music he is currently writing. Dahl reveals, “It’s more my thoughts, more just my personality and what I’m thinking and you can tell what I’m going through in life I guess.”
Having just finished up a national tour in support of the launch of his EP, Plug In Stereo’s goals remain modest, “I’m going home to finish writing the album. There’s only four more songs to record. I had most of it done, so I’m just going to go write and finish and record the last few songs for it and we tour a bunch after that.” A firm release date hasn’t been set yet but Trevor isn’t concerned, “All I know is that I’m going to focus on writing it and then recording it and then whenever the label and management thinks it makes sense to put it out, we’ll put it out.”
Because the songs that Plug In Stereo generally produces are personal in nature it wasn’t really surprising when he easily and candidly admitted that the toughest part about being on the road is relationships. “Touring is very life changing. My life is a whole lot different than it used to be, even from when I just toured a little bit, I had a lot of time off. Now, it’s like constant touring and it’s weird comparing. I don’t see my family and my best friend is home and I don’t get to talk to him.” Adding to that, the charming young singer declared that he is very much still single, “It’s very hard to have relationships on tour. I haven’t had a girlfriend since my first tour ever, like three years ago. It just doesn’t work, especially at my age, you know.” But readily concludes, “It’s all good, I’m doing what I love and hopefully things will just fall into place after a while.”
The Patience EP is available now at all digital retailers.